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Walmart vet joins Lowe’s executive team

BY Marianne Wilson

Lowe’s Companies has appointed a seasoned retail executive to head up its supply chain.

The home improvement giant named Donald E. Frieson as executive VP, supply chain, effective Aug. 8. He will be responsible for the company’s distribution centers, logistics, global sourcing, transportation and delivery services. Frieson will report to Marvin R. Ellison, president and CEO.

Frieson most recently served as COO at Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart, where he was responsible for all club operations. He Frieson joined Sam’s Club in 2012 as senior VP, replenishment and inventory planning.

From 2010 to 2012, Frieson served Walmart International as chief integration officer for Massmart Holdings, a chain of more than 300 stores operating in 13 sub-Saharan African nations, where he was responsible for supply chain, merchandise sourcing and private brand integration. Prior to Massmart, Frieson was senior VP, supply chain at Walmart where he led more than 30 distribution centers that supplied merchandise to nearly 1,600 Walmart stores, supercenters and neighborhood markets in the eastern U.S.

“Don has a proven track-record of driving seamless logistics and operations excellence within large, complex retail organizations with big bulky products, and we are delighted to welcome him to the team,” said Lowe’s president and CEO Ralph Ellison. “Don will bring deep experience and technical expertise to lead the transformation of our supply chain to meet the needs of our omnichannel customers.”

Prior to joining Walmart, Frieson spent 12 years working for Schneider National Carriers, where he developed operations and logistics expertise in the trucking industry.

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